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Greta Campo Associate Artistic Director/Dancer began her dance training in her native Milan at the Carcano Theater, where she was first introduced to Martha Graham’s work. At age 19, she began the Professional Training Program at the Martha Graham School in NYC and, after a couple of months, she joined Graham II, performing in ensemble and solo roles. She performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company in their 2012 New York Season and has also been traveling nationally and internationally with them. She completed the Teacher Training Program at the School. Greta has performed choreographies by Pascal Rioult, Larry Keigwin and has worked with renowned choreographers, such as Eryc Taylor and Nejla Yatkin. She was a founding member of Alison Cook Beatty Dance and she also received the 2016 Rising Star Award from Fini Dance Festival.

Antonio CangianoAntonio Cangiano Dancer was born in Naples, Italy.  He began his dance training at Officina delle Arti (Cesenatino) and followed by Ateneo Danza (Forlì) and Agorà Coaching Project (Reggio Emilia) with scholarships . He graduated from the program in Naples with master Dino Carano in ballet and modern dance.  And in 2012 he became a member of ACSI Ballet Company.  He performed with them as guest artist for the international festival “Premio Positano”, and was selected to represent Italy in the international festival for emerging company in Toronto (Canada) where he won a gold medal.  In New York, he received a scholarship and completed the professional training program at the Martha Graham Dance School,  He performed with the Graham Ensemble from 2014-2016.  He also danced in the 90th anniversary of the Martha Graham Dance Company at New York City Center.  This is Antonio’s first season with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.

Alessio CrognaleAlessio Crognale Dancer was born in Lanciano (Abruzzo) in central Italy. He started his training when he was nine years old with Art Studio Dance School in Lanciano with Mirta and Nicoletta Damiani.   He later moved to Milan to attend the Academy of Centro Studi Coreografici Teatro Carcano to Study with Margarita Smirnova (former dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre) with a concentration in Vaganova technique.  Mr. Crognale moved to New York in 2014 and completed his Professional Training Program at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in 2016.  Alessio was a Member of the Martha Graham Ensemble. This is his first season with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.

Candace JarvisCandace Jarvis Dancer, originally from Brampton, Ontario, started her professional training at Bold Dance Company under the direction of Emilio and Stephanie Macri. She continued her training at The Ailey School as a Certificate Student. She has performed works by many choreographers including Amy Hall, Tracy Inman, Carlos Dos Santos and Norbert De La Cruz III. In 2013 Ms. Jarvis performed in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations Cast of 50 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and took part in Robert Battle’s New Directions Choreographers Lab at The Ailey School. Ms. Jarvis was a former member of Awaken Dance Theater under the direction of Rebekka Nodhturft. In 2015 she earned her Certificate of Honors from The Ailey School Certificate Program.

Hannah Jew

Hannah Jew Dancer began her training at Classical Ballet School of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has spent summers training at Tulsa Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. In 2015, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Performance from the University of Oklahoma. During her time in college, she had the opportunity to perform in Eisenstadt, Austria with Oklahoma Festival Ballet. She has also performed with Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Ballet, Dayton Ballet and Ballet Hispanico’s second company, BHdos. This is her first season with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.

Jerard PalazoJerard Palazo Dancer was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Canada at 10 years old, where he began his formal dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated in 2012 with a diploma and moved to New York where he received a scholarship to attend the Ailey School from 2013-2015. He also attended summer programs where he received full scholarship at the Ailey School, Breakout 2015(Italy), Cadence Dance Studio, Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program and Nederlands Dans Theatre. He has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Kyle Abraham, Adam Barruch, Brian Brooks, Sonia Dawkins, Darius Drooh, Martha Graham, Vernard Gilmore, Francesca Harper, Christian Von Howard, Tracy Inman, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Ray Mercer, Crystal Pite, Matthew Rushing, Carlos Dos Santos, Jessica Taylor and Marcus Willis. He performed in Alvin Ailey’s “Memoria” in 2014 and 2015 City Centre Season and “Revelations” in 2014 with a cast of 50 during Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s Lincoln Center Season. Since graduating, he worked with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, where he performed works by Igal Perry, Jae Man Joo, Dwight Rhoden and Charlotta Overhelm.  This is Jerard’s first season with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.

Patrick PirasPatrick Piras Dancer, from Udine, Italy, began his dance training at the age of 6 while living in Alghero, where he focused on professional ballroom dancing for three years until he decided to stop following an injury. At age 14 he moved back to his hometown, where he came close to dance again thanks to Arianna Zanello who invited him to attend her school Filodanza and later became his mentor. He then focused his study in ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary dance and attended several summer intensives in Italy, mostly as a scholarship student, standing out because of his talent. He came to The Ailey School in 2013, and is currently a Scholarship Student. He has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Matthew Rushing, Ronnie Favors, Tracy Inman, Martin Lofsnes, Amy Hall, Darshan Bhuller, Nathan Trice, Nicholas Villenueve, and Christopher Rudd. He has performed “Memoria” with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theather at New York City Center in December 2014 and “Concurrence” representing the Ailey School in the Ailey Spirit Gala at David H. Koch Theather in June 2016. Patrick has also performed with 360° Dance Company and is currently a part of Arch Contemporary Ballet.

Ying ShiYing Shi Dancer, from Beijing, China, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Dance from the Beijing Dance Academy and her Master’s Degree from the School of Arts at Peking University. Her extensive experience teaching Chinese Classical Dance includes the Ailian Chan Dance School (Beijing), the School of Continued Education of the Beijing Dance Academy and the Tsinghua University Dance Troupe. As a young dancer, she was a member of the Nanchang Song & Dance Troupe in the Jiangxi Province.Yao-Zhong Zhang

Yao Zhong Zhang (Master Teacher and Dancer) in Martial Art Dance came from Shanghai, China, where he graduated from the Shanghai Kunqu Opera School with a major in the male warrior role. Mr. Zhang performed with the Shanghai Kun Opera Theater for ten years before moving to New York, where he also performs with the Tong-Ching Chinese Opera Company. He has been a member of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company since 2000. With the company, he has been touring the US and abroad performing as principle dancer and soloist.

Yuka Notsuka(Dancer) born in Fukuoka, Japan. She began her Ballet training in her hometown at age four. Later she broadened her training to include Jazz and Tap. She worked as a performer in Universal Studios Japan and Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki from 2011-2015. Later Yuka moved to New York City to further pursue her career as a dancer. In 2015 she entered the Ailey School as a scholarship student. She performed in Ailey Spirit Gala Concert at Lincoln Center choreographed by Tracy Inman (Co-Director, The Ailey School) and Robert Battl e(Artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater). In New York she also has been in training and served as Teaching Assistant at the Luigi Jazz Dance Center under Francis J. Roach.

Min Zhou Dancer graduated from the dance department at the Hubei Arts Academy. She later joined the Hubei Province Song and Dance Troupe and Min Zhoubecame a renowned principal performer. Ms. Zhou, an elected member of the Chinese Dancers’ Association, has a wide repertoire that ranges from exquisite Chinese classical dances to gracious and playful folk dances. While in China, she joined several performing arts groups and toured to Switzerland, Japan, Canada, and France. In New York, she danced with the Chinese Cultural Center. She has been a member of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company since 2004.